Nov 30, 2011

Was Cain’s Campaign Fueled by Testosterone?


Today: Police Raid Occupy L.A., Philly , Britain Goes on Strike , Hillary Clinton Visits Burma
The Daily Beast Cheat Sheet: Morning

November 30, 2011
HORMONES

An allegation that Herman Cain had a 13-year extramarital affair has compelled the GOP candidate to "reassess" his campaign. But why, with all of these alleged skeletons in his closet, did Cain run for president in the first place? The Daily Beast's Michelle Cottle on a possible culprit: testosterone, a hormone that's been shown to make men become more selfish and entitled.

EVICTED

Two of America's final big Occupy encampments have come down after police raids early Wednesday in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. About 200 people were arrested in L.A., where police brought in bomb-sniffing dogs and used a cherry-picker to remove protesters from trees. The L.A. encampment had been the largest in the country after New York's was dismantled. In Philadelphia, 40 protesters were arrested and two police officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

REVOLT

Don't expect to get much done across the U.K. on Wednesday. Two million public-sector workers are set to go on a 24-hour strike against changes to the pension system. The government aims to make union members pay more and work longer to get their pensions. In what has been billed as the largest walkout in a generation, more than 1,000 demonstrations will rock the U.K., striking schools, hospitals, airports, and government offices. Up to 90 percent of schools may be closed because of teachers on strike, while hospitals have postponed non-emergency operations. Meanwhile, Downing Street has rejected the movement, saying that it will "achieve nothing."

DIPLOMACY

Hillary Clinton landed in Burma Wednesday in what is the country's first visit by a U.S. secretary of state in more than 50 years. Clinton said her intention is to assess recent reforms by the country's ruling junta, including the release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political protesters. "I will obviously be looking to determine for myself what the intention is of the current government with respect to continued reforms," said Clinton. Her plans include a dinner with Suu Kyi.

SCANDAL

A fourth person may step forward to accuse former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of child molestation, according to the New York Daily News. Robert Hoaston, the president of the victims-support group Road to Recovery, says he's spoken with a family member of a possible new victim, who has reported the alleged abuse to Syracuse police. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, meanwhile, is defending himself for standing by Fine when the accusations first surfaced. "I supported a friend," he said. "I think it's important what I did. I'm proud I did that. I've known him for 46 years."


BIG MONEY
Gingrich Introduced Clients to Pols
Though he says he wasn't a lobbyist.
MUSIC
Inside R.E.M.'s Breakup
Why there will never be a reunion tour.
BUSINESS
Was Facebook Forced to Go Public?
Company handed out too many shares.
EASY
Alan Dershowitz Fixes the Middle East
Sends 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' episode to Netanyahu.
OUCH
Teen Pepper Sprays Classmates
Eight students sent to hospital.
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